MS Dhoni once again faces flak for his slow knock against Bangladesh

MS Dhoni once again faces flak for his slow knock against Bangladesh

Dhoni hasn't really cut loose in the World Cup so far and seems to increasingly become a problem.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni came under yet another spree of criticism for his show with the bat. The wicketkeeper-batsman came out to bat at No.6 to score 35 off 33 balls at a strike rate of 106.6 and the fans were not happy with his show in the slog overs against the match against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

India were 255 for 4 in 41 overs but could end up with only 314 for 9 in 50 overs. Dhoni still had a brisk partnership with youngster Rishabh Pant (48 off 41 balls) but after the latter departed, the senior batsman could not lead the charge and India could manage only 37 runs in the final 35 balls.

The 37-year-old faced a backlash after failing to accelerate in the final overs against England at the same venue on Sunday. On that occasion, Virat Kohli’s side was chasing 338 for win but Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav could manage only 39 runs in the last 31 balls to see India reaching 306 with five wickets still in hand.

Dhoni struggled to score fast

Dhoni’s performance with the willow in World Cup 2019 has come under the scanner repeatedly. Ever since he struggled against Afghanistan with a 52-ball 28 and failed to accelerate the scoring when it mattered and got stumped to a spinner out of desperation to score, the former captain has been blasted time and again for his slow approach. He also struggled against the West Indies at Old Trafford by scoring his first 23 off 43 balls. However, a late surge helped him mask the initial slowness and he ended up on 56 not out off 61 balls.

After Dhoni failed to press on the accelerator in the match against Bangladesh, the knives were with the fans predicting that the end is not too for one of India’s greatest cricketers. Some also said that he was playing for himself and not the team. However, India eventually prevailed over a spirited Bangladesh in Birmingham by registering a 28-run win, thanks to a late burst from pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bumrah ended up with 4 for 55, his best bowling figures in this World Cup so far.

Here are some of the reactions that the Twitterati came up with over Dhoni’s batting performance: